According to a United Nations report, 54 per cent of the world’s population live in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050. This means that cities all over the world need to reconsider their public transport services in order to meet future demand.
Light rail systems have experienced a great resurgence in recent times. As cities look for more flexible, scalable solutions to meet transport demand,they can be tailored to fit specific needs within a community and provide a sensible investment compared to other mass transit systems.
Benefits of Light Rail
Typically sharing corridors with cars and buses, light rail provides excellent intermodal connectivity and makes public transport more accessible, convenient and sustainable. It offers convenient transportation and is a powerful catalyst for economic development.
WSP’s approach to planning and designing light rail systems is focused on complementing the urban environment and being responsive to the needs of both residents and local businesses. We challenge ourselves to design resilient systems that meet the standards of sustainability, cost-efficiency and innovation. Our solutions are backed by comprehensive modelling data and tested planning principles to manage the complex intersection between road and rail.
WSP’s expertise spans all aspects of the project lifecycle. Clients can benefit from our planning experience which encompasses every recent light rail project in Australia, including Newcastle, Canberra, Gold Coast, Perth and Parramatta Light Rail systems.